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Episode 4 features the fantastic work of James B. Wilson.
James is an award-winning composer of contemporary classical music based in Bedfordshire, England. He studied, with a scholarship, at Royal Academy of Music under Gary Carpenter and David Sawer, and also took frequent lessons with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
The focus of this episode is on his piece 'The Green Fuse,' a work inspired by Dylan Thomas' poem ‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower’ (1934.)
I first heard this piece whilst listening to the Chineke! Orchestra's album 'Spark Catchers,' and the vivid nature of James' writing immediately drew me in.
We also spend some time discussing James' experiences as a BAME (black and minority ethnic) composer, and I'm so grateful for his generous and powerful thoughts on the issues he and others still face in the arts.
We will also hear a special treat from musician, vocalist and speaker Michael L. Roberts, but you'll have to listen to find out what that is...!
'Spark Catchers' is available on NMC Recordings.
You can also stream it as part of the SoundSpring Podcast Playlist HERE: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6cl32u1lbyMzF26gpQC5V4?si=_2cukQaKQv-o19tbxnRINg